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Written by James Randi   

oopReader John Michalski, a science teacher at East Hanover Middle School, NJ, writes to say that it’s

Good to have thinkers in the media, wherever we can find them.

Of course, we at JREF agree with John, who sends us to this site to learn that Stephen Whitty, the movie critic for the Newark (NJ) Star Ledger, gave a “science fiction" rating to "Expelled ," with this explanation:

…nothing twisted science into fiction quite as absurdly as a movie purporting to be fact – the down-with-Darwin documentary "Expelled," which lifted its nonsensical knowledge of early man from an Alley Oop comic and its sense of honest inquiry from a snake-handling preacher. A movie to make Bill Maher look like an unbiased journalist.

John immediately emailed the critic and offered his support for that choice, and Whittey responded by wishing him a

Happy, healthy, and rational new year.

I became an instant Stephen Whitty fan…

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written by Kuroyume, January 01, 2009
Kudos to him!

I'm still battling my friend's continued use of "Expelled" as a 'sombre look at why Evolution isn't as strong as some believe and why we should just go whole-hog into creationism and intelligent design'. I mean, it has Richard Dawkins cleverly edited into hemming and hauling. smilies/wink.gif It seems that my knowlegde on the subject gathered over the past twenty years and links provided (like to talk.origins) have started to erode his enthusiasm for this nonsensical movie. Now we're down to 'but who created the universe' and 'how could something so complex as life not have an intelligent influence'.

I just want NASA to find life (extinct or continued) on Mars to shut up the entire notion that life is so complex and precious that it could have only been 'created' (once and for a special divine purpose). What the mind cannot comprehend and with some instigation from unsavory sources leads to these conundrums of rationality of which we are continually plagued.
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Fantasy
written by yarro, January 01, 2009
Just watched Expelled -long live the World Wide Web!- after reading this article.
What an insidious documentary it is. It's an obscene collection of half-truths and blatant lies.
Science=atheism=holocaust. How dare they make that equation. Criminal.
But what can you expect from a man who thinks that mr. R. Nixon did nothing wrong.
It's better to label it fantasy rather than science fiction.

A "Must watch" for all skeptics/rationalists/scientists to see what we're up against and keep vigilant.
Even in The Netherlands a senior cabinet minister suggested to bring ID to the classrooms of the public (=non religious) schools. Luckily the plan was shot down immedialtely. But the religious right keep on trying.
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A Future Classic?
written by Willy K, January 02, 2009
Maybe we've got it all wrong about "Expelled."

Who's to say that in 50 or 60 years time that the vast majority of people will consider "Expelled" similar to how we think of Reefer Madness?

In 2068 the comment most heard after watching "Expelled" will be "What the Frak were they smoking back then?" smilies/cheesy.gif
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corrigendum: Whitty
written by dionysius, January 02, 2009
His last name is spelled incorrectly throughout.

According to his profile page at Rotten Tomatoes he rated Expelled just as low as the infamously terrible Jennifer Lopez vehicle Gigli: 0/4.

Ouch.

(Fixed the name. Thanks! - Jeff Wagg)
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written by Trish, January 03, 2009
Here's a scary incident. A very nice lady, girlfriend of an atheist, believes that "Expelled" disproves evolution so thoroughly that she believes the issue is settled though she has not even seen the movie. Appparantly the trialers & ads for the movie are enough to convince her.
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written by Steel Rat, January 04, 2009
Maybe we've got it all wrong about "Expelled."

Who's to say that in 50 or 60 years time that the vast majority of people will consider "Expelled" similar to how we think of Reefer Madness?

In 2068 the comment most heard after watching "Expelled" will be "What the Frak were they smoking back then?" smilies/cheesy.gif


I might add "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Day After Tomorrow" to the short list as well.
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written by Kuroyume, January 04, 2009
And here I thought that Terminator was a documentary about the future! smilies/wink.gif

Although Gore does indeed accentuate the 'truth' (as do all politicians - gasp), he has expertise in this field of investigation. Though I think that the predictions are somewhat exaggerated, he does provide some cogent evidence (that polar ice-caps are disintegrating unexpectedly and rapidly is incontrovertible). But the root causes are still suspect. The Earth has been through cyclic environmental circumstances for nearly 5 billion years. I think we are still anthropomorphizing a bit too much and need a bit more edumication.

Nonetheless, "Expelled" should be expelled through the nearest airlock. It shows to what lengths the mind will go to associate archaic ideologies with reality and, in the process, attempt to invalidate evidential ideologies that conflict. Once one takes up such positions without quarter there is no way to change perspective. Rose-colored glasses are pleasant indeed - especially coupled with thick blinders.
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written by BillyJoe, January 06, 2009
Hey, I can see this developing into an Anthropogenic Global Warming thread.

Don't do it.

Please.

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written by Rogue Medic, January 09, 2009
I wrote about another review of this sci-fi/fantasy flop in Win Ben Stein's Mind - Roger Ebert Review.
http://roguemedic.blogspot.com...eview.html
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